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330.626.89 Estimating the Effects of Mental Health Interventions in Non-Experimental Settings

Department:
Mental Health
Term:
Summer Inst. term
Credits:
1 credit
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Location:
Internet
Dates:
Tue 05/30/2017 - Fri 06/16/2017
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact:
Elizabeth Stuart
Course Instructor:
Resources:
Prerequisite:

Experience with linear and logistic regression.

Description:

Discusses the importance of the careful design of non-experimental studies, and the role of propensity scores in that design, with the main goal of providing practical guidance on the use of propensity scores in mental health research. Covers the primary ways of using propensity scores to adjust for confounders when estimating the effect of a particular “cause” or “intervention,” including weighting, sub classification, and matching. Examines issues such as how to specify and estimate the propensity score model, selecting covariates to include in the model, and diagnostics. Draws examples from school-based prevention research, drug abuse and dependence, and non-randomized treatment trials, among others. Primarily emphasizes non-experimental studies; however, also discusses applications to randomized trials.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the characteristics of well-designed non-experimental studies
  2. Explain the role of propensity scores in non-experimental studies
  3. Distinguish between different propensity score approaches.
  4. Diagnose whether a propensity score approach has succeeded in balancing the groups
Methods of Assessment:

Take home project.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required